December 8: The day of Buddha’s enlightenment (and Haven) alvin December 7, 2017 - 4:52pm

December 8th is recognized as the day of Buddha’s enlightenment. Tonight that makes me think of this scene from Haven. :) (I’ll meditate more tomorrow.)

“Bring your mind to one point and wait for grace” alvin December 7, 2017 - 3:07pm

“Bring your mind to one point and wait for grace.”

~ Ram Dass in Polishing the Mirror, on what the Maharaji told him

To know love, be like the running brook ~ Kung Fu

“To know love, be like the running brook, which deaf, yet sings its melody for others to hear. Feel the pain of too much tenderness. Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for yet another day of loving.”

~ Kung Fu

Ram Dass on spirituality and meditation alvin November 18, 2017 - 9:49am

“I view spiritual practice as the freeing of awareness from identification with anything ... One of the ways to do that is, for example, to pick an object of concentration and focus on that, and let everything else come and go. So let’s say I’m gonna follow my breath, rising and falling, rising and falling. Now my awareness can feel that muscle going up and down, that’s really where the focus is.”

Mindfulness metaphor

I’ve found this to be a good metaphor for practicing mindfulness 24 hours a day.

The actual practice is that whenever your mind wanders you gently bring your attention back to your breath. An important point is that just as you wouldn’t get angry at the spoon, you also don’t get angry at yourself for becoming less mindful; you just return your focus to your breathing.

(Sorry I don’t remember which book I saw this in at the moment.)

A ringtone I never heard before

I wasn’t feeling well this afternoon, so I decided to lay down for a while and just focus on my breathing.

A little later in the day I was standing in my kitchen, cutting some vegetables and humming Tina Turner’s “Peace Mantra” song, when my phone started playing a ringtone. I liked the ringtone, but it was a song I had never heard before.

I set my cutting knife down and started wiping off my hands so I could answer the phone when I thought, “Wait, I laid down to take a nap, and I don’t remember waking up from that. This is a dream, isn’t it?”

~ October 28, 2016

Our physical body will no longer be a problem for us

I got to spend some more quality time in the hospital last week, and the CT scan results are almost comical: scar tissue where 99.9% of people won’t have scar tissue, body parts have been removed, four of my internal organs are enlarged, etc. Today I saw that I posted this on Facebook a year ago and I thought, well, it’s good to know that at some point my body will no longer be a problem. :)

(I don’t remember which book I found this page in, but I’ll update this post when I figure it out.)